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Black Panther is coming to Marvel’s Avengers later this year

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Marvel’s Avengers: War for Wakanda is a new expansion

The Black Panther and his native home of Wakanda will be in a Marvel’s Avengers expansion called War for Wakanda later this year, Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix announced Thursday during the Square Enix Presents digital showcase. The studio also highlighted the game’s most recent update, featuring Hawkeye, which launched alongside the next-gen console version of Marvel’s Avengers earlier today.

Klaw — the Vibranium thief played by Andy Serkis in the MCU — seems to be working alongside AIM in the new expansion, working to steal Wakanda’s most valuable resource. The trailer features some VO from the villain, some shots of Wakanda, and a brief look at Marvel’s take on the kingdom’s protector: Black Panther.

Black Panther will make his debut in Marvel’s Avengers as a playable character in the expansion. The official description also mentions battling Klaw, new enemies, and the Wakanda biome. Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix confirmed to Polygon that the War for Wakanda expansion will be free for all players who own Marvel’s Avengers.

The official announcement comes after a leak in the game files before launch, where players learned that Black Panther was one of a group of planned heroes. The leak also suggested that Klaw would be some kind of raid boss. But over six months after launch, Marvel’s Avengers has no raid-like activity.

Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics will reveal more about War for Wakanda — including its release date — later this year.